Posted in Analogies/Metaphors, Guest Posts, Media, Servant Leadership

Lone Nut or First Follower: Building a Culture That Celebrates Uniqueness #WEIRDPRINCIPALS

The #WeirdPrincipals effort is all about energy and starting movements that inspire others. Similar to #PrincipalsInAction and #KidsDeserveIt, we seek to unleash leadership potential by inspiring others to be themselves, do their very best, and run into school to make magic happen every day! @_AndyJacks and @JessicaCabeen wrote this together to show how two principals from very different parts of our country can both lead through their own unique personalities, and that you don’t have to be perfect or always follow what the ‘textbook’ tells you to do in order to be successful. What better way to describe this than the Ted Talk on How to Start a Movement by Derek Sivers. But remember, it’s not just about being the lone nut, it’s also about being the first follower… Continue reading “Lone Nut or First Follower: Building a Culture That Celebrates Uniqueness #WEIRDPRINCIPALS”

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Weird Principals

Weirdness isn’t weakness! It’s a way to celebrate the unique ways we can engage our school community by any means possible.

We try so hard in leadership positions to be what we think others want us to be, remembering the many, many leadership ‘characteristics’ that are apparently so vital for success. We read, try to imitate, fail, and then go back to reading more to find the ‘answer’ to how we should be. Continue reading “Weird Principals”

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We Are All Lead Learners


Every school year the same thing happens.

On the first day of school I tell my students the story of George the Gummy Worm.  George is no ordinary gummy worm.  George, like any other candy animal, decides to take a summer vacation in the Caribbean and gets stuck on the top of his boat.   Problem is…gummy worms can’t swim and they definitely dissolve if they float in the ocean too long. Continue reading “We Are All Lead Learners”

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Roll Up Your (Pant) Sleeves

I was mentioned in this post, but this is an amazing leader who inspires me all the time! Great points made.

Principal in Boots

One week ago I was in a funk. One week ago today I questioned my grit to persevere. February is a hard month- the weather is miserable and we are forced to spend way to much time indoors.

I reached out to my #principalsinaction group for a little @voxer therapy. After my Vox Andy Jacks came to my rescue with the following gem…

“The greats think different, act different, have a different worldview. We will always have the challenge of fighting more tasks, just remember the kids won’t remember the spreadsheet, they’ll remember the special moment you created for them!”

From this I learned a few things;

The value in a PLN is not solely for professional learning. The value in a PLN is having professionals that you can count on to raise you up, challenge your thinking,  or maybe even give you that kick in the butt you need.

The power is also…

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The Teaching 4-4-2: Organizing the Art of Education

This guest post is written by Justin Holbrook @JustinHolbrook

I am one of those soccer fanatics who wakes up early on Saturday and Sunday mornings to watch the matches from “across the pond”. As the rest of my apartment complex is fast asleep in their nice warm beds, I am up drinking coffee and screaming at the television in support of my favorite club. I can’t miss it! This weekend’s matches from the Barclays Premier League in England served up some inspiration to an education question I have been pondering over the past few months. Through twitter chats such as #PWCSedchat, #Leadupchat, & #BmoreEdchat I consistently hear the same thing from teachers around the world: teaching is an organic art. In other words, how are we supposed to standardize or categorize teaching into a cohesive style? Continue reading “The Teaching 4-4-2: Organizing the Art of Education”

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A Positive Mindset

This guest post is written by Lauren DeIntinis @laurendeintinis, a 2nd Grade Teacher in Manassas, Virginia. Check out more of her information at the end of the post.

My name is Lauren DeIntinis and I am a 2nd grade teacher at the FABULOUS Ashland Elementary School in Manassas, VA. I am originally from Pittsburgh, PA but have lived in Virginia for three years as an elementary teacher. I started in school as a Psychology major and wiggled my way into education on a very windy path.

Though not what I originally planned on doing, teaching has become the most important aspect of my life and something that I can honestly say I am in LOVE with! Continue reading “A Positive Mindset”

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Games or “Gamification” in the Classroom?

This guest post is written by Justin Holbrook @JustinHolbrook, a 4th Grade Teacher in Baltimore, Maryland. Check out more of his information at the end of the post.

I fondly remember the games I used to play with my family as a little kid.  Legos with my mom.  Monopoly with all the money missing or thrown together into a “box”.  Stratomatic baseball tournaments with my dad on rainy afternoons.  Even 2-on-2 basketball with my little brother outside in any temperature for hours (We are still undefeated in the neighborhood!).  In all of these memories, time flew by like a race car.  As a 4th grade teacher, I try to recreate these experiences for my students because I recognize the emotional connection I forged with games as a kid and their power on students’ memories.  However, I think it is crucial that educators understand that there is a difference between relying on games and planning “gamification” in the classroom. Continue reading “Games or “Gamification” in the Classroom?”